President Joe Biden changed the way student loan forgiveness works for public servants. If you are working in the public sector as a public servant, you can get your student loan forgiven faster. But these changes will help other people too. The latest on student loans is that they will not be canceled.⁉
Near the end of 2020, people’s loan relief for Covid-19 will be ending, and there will be no more extensions for temporary forbearance. Do you qualify for student loan forgiveness? If you work in a public-field-job then you might be able to get student loan forgiveness.
However if not, there is a way to still have your loans forgiven. You must be enrolled in an income-based repayment plan and make at least 120 monthly payments on time. There are other types of plans as well, such as an extended payment plan.
1- This student loan repayment plan is good because it will forgive your loans.
Many students borrow money from the bank to pay for school. These loans are called student loans. It may seem like there is no way to cancel these loans, but there is a plan that will allow you to get your loan canceled. The plan is not immediate cancellation — it takes some patience and time first.🤷♂️
If you are struggling with your loans or can’t afford to pay them, you might wish to look into an income-driven repayment plan. There are four different plans that may be right for you: (IBR) – Income-Based Repayment, (PAYE)-Pay As You Earn, (REPAYE)-Revised Pay As You Earn, and Income-Contingent (ICR). Your student loan payment is based on your income, family size, and where you live.
If you make less, your monthly payment might be $0. Forgiveness for some people will happen after 20 years (undergraduate) or 25 years (graduate). This is when the federal government cancels all debt that a person has left on their loans. However, if they do this, they might have to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. But Congress made this tax-free through December 2025.
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2- Get a job in the public service sector
Some people do not work in public service, and they can’t get student loan forgiveness. But you have a different way to get it. You can still get student loan forgiveness if you work for a qualified public service employer. To qualify, your employer does not need to be public service, but instead, your role needs to be qualified as such. If you work for a federal government and your student loans qualify, then you may be able to get public service loan forgiveness.
If you don’t work for the federal government and your employer is not the federal government, then you won’t qualify. Public service loan forgiveness requires 120 monthly payments or ten years of payments on student loans. That’s 10 to 15 years’ worth of less loan payments than with other types of repayment plans such as income-driven repayment plans. Plus, if someone qualifies for public service loan forgiveness and they get it, then their student loans will be canceled tax-free!
3- Work for a nonprofit organization
To get student loan forgiveness, you can work for a qualified nonprofit. You don’t have to work for a government agency or school. You need to complete an Employer Verification Form with the U.S. Department of Education before you start working there, and they will check if your employer is qualified for public service loan forgiveness. Then the student loans will be paid off faster when they do public service work and help people in your community too!❗
4- Get a not-so-expensive student loan by getting it canceled.
Biden has taken off $11.5 billion of student loans since he became president. This includes $1.5 million in student loan forgiveness through the borrower defense to repayment rule (for people who were misled by their college or university), $5.8 million in student loan cancellation for people with a total and permanent disability, and $4.5 million in student loan forgiveness for people who work at qualified public service or nonprofit employers.
5- Refinance your student loans if you can.
Refinancing your scholar loans is a good way to get “student loan forgiveness.” You can get a lower interest rate or monthly payment, or both. If you save money, then the new loan will be forgiven. (If you want to keep the benefits of the federal loan program, you might not want to refinance your loans. When you refinance, the new loan is only a private one. Or, if paying off your loans faster is important to you, then you can refinance both federal and private loans).